Quick Answer: Can I Use Expired Fluorouracil?

Can you shower when using fluorouracil?

You can get your face wet in the shower.

However, it is advisable not to apply immediately before showering..

How effective is fluorouracil?

Topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) for the treatment of widespread multiple AK lesions has cure rates of more than 90 percent. The associated skin irritation, however, may lead patients to prematurely discontinue treatment.

Can you use out of date Efudix?

Do not use Efudix after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal. If you are not sure whether you should start using Efudix, talk to your doctor.

What happens if I use expired ointment?

If you’re only a few months past the date and the product looks normal, try it. If you are years beyond, it’s worth the few dollars to get a fresh tube. Use common sense–if your cream has a funky odor, tainted color or change in appearance, toss it. If it is dried out or has been exposed to heat or humidity, toss it.

Does fluorouracil damage healthy skin?

This is a pre-cancerous skin growth caused by the sun. Fluorouracil reacts against the pre-cancerous sun-damaged skin but does not usually affect normal skin. It is a cream which is applied to the skin.

What do you put on skin after fluorouracil treatment?

The day after your last Efudex application, begin moisturizing all treated areas with either Vaseline or Aquaphor Healing Ointment (over the counter). Apply frequently every day to keep skin soft. The treated area can be pink for several months and is more susceptible to getting sun burned.

What is the shelf life of fluorouracil?

There is evidence from animal work that fluorouracil is teratogenic. None known. The recommended shelf life of Efudix cream is 60 months. Shelf life after first opening the immediate packaging: 90 days for the 20g and 40g tubes.

Can I use expired steroid cream?

Do not use Hydrocortisone cream after the expiry date stated on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.

How do you know when to stop using fluorouracil?

If you are using fluorouracil to treat actinic or solar keratoses, you should continue using it until the lesions start to peel off. This usually takes about 2 to 4 weeks. However, the lesions may not be completely healed until 1 or 2 months after you stop using fluorouracil.